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May 2016

To cite, or not to cite…

By | Creative Writing, Education, Film, Fine Art, Music, Photography, Textiles, Visual Communications

That is the question…. of plagiarism!
One of the issues that crops up repeatedly around assessment time is referencing academic writing. What do I reference? How do I reference? How do I know if it needs referencing? – all these are perfectly valid questions and frequent concerns.

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Does your novel need to have a message?

By | Creative Writing

I got into a debate recently with a writer who is far more seasoned that me. Internationally published, widely translated and published over two decades, he pondered out loud why he still wrote. ‘I’m always trying to put across a message,’ I said.
He shook his head. ‘I’m not,’ he said. ‘There’s a question I want to answer, and the novel is my way of addressing it.’

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The Joys of Medieval Music

By | Music, We Are OCA

Recently while working on the new Foundations in Music course I realised just how unfamiliar most people are with the music and composers of the medieval period. Much of the music and many of the names are long lost but some have remained.

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Study visit review: Strange and familiar

By | Ba(hons) Photography, Galleries, Photography, Study visit review, We Are OCA

The study visit to Martin Parr’s documentary show ‘Strange and Familiar’ at the Barbican in London raised some perplexing questions…
The premise of the show is to reveal Britain through an ‘outsider’ view (the photographers are not British), which is held to be particularly relevant to our current cultural/political moment.

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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015

By | Ba(hons) Photography, Fine Art, Galleries, Photography, Study Visits, We Are OCA

Join OCA tutor Wendy McMurdo on the 18 June at the National Galleries Scotland. The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize is the leading competition to celebrate and promote the very best in contemporary portrait photography from around the world.

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From here to there

By | Ba(hons) Photography, Education, Galleries, Photography, Study Visits, We Are OCA

In March I went to a talk by Alec Soth at The Photography Show in Birmingham. Having visited his exhibition Gathered Leaves at the Science Museum, I was keen to hear him talk about his work process as I am currently very interested in photographers working processes on a project.
Soth spoke about his work in an open and direct way. It is clear that he has been asked questions about how he started many times and had a well prepared format to answer each section. The talk was titled ‘From here to there’, this process is fundamental to his work as he explained how one picture may lead to the next.

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Personal voice

By | Creative Writing, Education, Film, Fine Art, Music, Photography, Textiles, Visual Communications, We Are OCA

This a term that comes up from time to time in assessment criteria at OCA and most other art schools and has been the subject of a thread in the Student forums. The difficulty is that it is one of those phrases that is extremely difficult to explain even when one has quite a deep understanding of what it means.
Well…here goes…

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